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Make it a fair trade holiday at Ten Thousand Villages

A variety of gift items available at 10,000 Villages
A variety of gift items are available at Ten Thousand Villages
Photo by Donald Michael Schwartz, December 19, 2009

A trip down to Ten Thousand Villages at 303 South Main St. in Ann Arbor, will not only help save your sanity for the holidays, but also help save the culture and way of life for native villages around the world.

The store, devoted to fair trade practices with artisans  around the world, is another stop in Ann Arbor which defies the city's reputation for being an expensive place to shop and eat.

According to their brochure, buyers for Ten Thousand Villages, "encourage artisan partners to use environmentally friendly processes, sustainable natural resources and recycled materials," to make the items the company then sells through their over 140 outlets throughout the United States (along with stores and festivals the sell at in Canada).

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